How accurate is The Crown? Netflix drama is ‘very accurate’ says star of royal drama Jason Watkins

Jason Watkins, who plays Prime Minister Harold Wilson alongside Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth II, was asked about the hit show’s accuracy after calls for a disclaimer saying that it was a work of fiction.

Netflix royal drama The Crown is “very accurate”, according to one of the stars of the hit show.

Jason Watkins, 54, who plays Prime Minister Harold Wilson alongside Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth II, was talking to That Gaby Roslin Podcast about the show’s accuracy.

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Last year, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden called for a disclaimer to be added to the show saying that it was a work of fiction.

Olivia Colman at the SAG Awards (left) and Jason Watkins (right)

What Jason Watkins said

But Watkins said: “There's lots of talk about how accurate it is.

"As far as my understanding is, it's very accurate with a little dramatic licence along the way.

"It's depth the audience want to know about, not just a Madame Tussaud's presentation of that world."

The latest series focused on the unhappy marriage of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Prince of Wales, played by Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor.

Netflix has ‘no plans’ for a disclaimer

Dowden previously said he fears viewers of the lavish drama could mistake fiction for fact without a warning at the beginning of episodes.

Netflix said it had "no plans - and sees no need" to add a disclaimer to explain it is a work of fiction.

That Gaby Roslin Podcast is available on all podcast streaming platforms. Episodes are weekly, released every Monday.